Medico-legal news digest: 9 July

Your weekly round-up of the latest medico-legal news, with a focus on patient safety, clinical negligence, new legislation and guidance impacting your practice.

Patient care and safety

How good is the NHS?

Report compares the NHS with health systems in 18 other countries, finding strengths as well as weaknesses in how it measures up (King's Fund).

Blood pressure and heart medication recall

Batches of valsartan containing medicines made by Dexcel Pharma Ltd and Accord Healthcare are being recalled from pharmacies across the UK and Europe amid concerns of an impurity (

New legislation and guidance

Health Service Safety Investigation Bill

Draft Health Service Safety Investigations Bill (HSSIB) proposes a 'whole-system change to how the NHS investigates and learns from healthcare error'.

On behalf of the MDU, Dr Michael Devlin gave evidence on the HSSIB to a joint committee, as well as providing a written response to the draft bill.

MDU in the press

Hundreds of GPs switch to cut-price 'transitional' indemnity deal

In a recent survey of GPs in England who had switched to the MDU's Transitional Benefits membership, 87% of those surveyed reported feeling positive about their personal finances and 76% about their practice finances (GP Online).

Happy birthday, NHS

A look back at 70 years of NHS milestones, through an MDU lens.



This guidance was correct at publication 09/07/2018. It is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.

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